You probably use social media. Scrap that. You definitely use social media. And what’s more, you use it several times a day.
The problem is, while you use it sometimes you find yourself entertained, other times you find yourself upset. With that in mind, in this article you’ll find out whether social media is a force for good, or whether it’s slowly ruining your life.
What Are the Pros?
There’s undoubtedly millions of positives of using social media, so much so that it’s almost impossible to find anyone NOT using It these days.
- Brings people together
What’s more, it makes it easier to talk with family without being in physical contact, something that you might have to consider during covid times.
- Builds brand awareness
If you’re a business owner, or maybe someone who wants to put your business idea out there, social media is a great way to start.
Not only do you attract customers all through the click of a button, but you can also monetize your content through advertising and sponsorships.
- Helps to find events
Sometimes you check on Gmaps to see what’s nearby and if there’s anything to do in town. You find might a decent restaurant, but if you want to check out a Google spoken word event tonight, you’re not going to find that on Gmaps.
People posts a plethora of events on social media, so use it to your advantage. And it doesn’t have to be a party; you can use social media to host pretty much anything, including pottery making.
What Are the Cons?
- Promotes laziness
Really though, social media can leave you staying on your bed or sofa all day, wasting the precious hours in your life that you could better spend outdoors.
- Spreads misinformation
Since social media allows people to post things in snippets, a lot of context is lost when sharing the latest political stories.
There may be times where social media posts do present facts, but it is undeniable that the fact-checking and vetting process is less stringent than in traditional media.
- Decreases communication skills
Social media is great when you physically can’t meet someone. But when you can and choose not to, this can lead to a real downfall in your communication skills. When you pick up the phone every 2 minutes instead of starting a conversation in real life, this can cripple your ability to speak confidently, listen carefully and show empathy.
And even if you’re a great talker, there’s still something special about meeting someone in person that you can't recreate on a screen.
So back to the question: is social media a friend or foe? Well, that depends if your device is hindering you from living a good quality of life.
Most people manage fine with social media in their lives. But if you are the few who feel worse using social media, you’re better off without it.